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Ford Windstar



  • Get your Windstar to a dealer. There is a TSB on the "P0171, P0174" issue . Have a look here
  • I just bought a 98 Windstar and it doesnt have a keyless remote. Does all 98 Windstars have a keyless remote, or was it an option? If it was, how do I know if mine has one? Also, to have a spare key made, do I need a special type key?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Not sure about '98s, but on my 1997 it looks like keyless remote entry was a stand alone option.

    Maybe Ford and/or Ford dealer can find out if yours had it based on the VIN???

    I have had key made at hardware store for my 1997, there was nothing special about it.
  • Our Windstar was in an accident and had repair to the left front.. Now the horn doesn't work. I've checked the fuse - it's OK. I heard of a relay by the drivers left foot, but haven't found it yet. Honestly I think it's not plugged in but I can't find the horn! Could someone tell me where it's supposed to be, maybe they forgot to put it back!! :mad:
  • I have a 99 Windstar LX that did the same thing before the speedometer finally quit working. At the time it quit working, my son had borrowed it for a trip and I told him to take it to the nearest Ford dealer and tell them to fix it. When I went to pick it up they had replaced the instrument module, which they said was the only way to fix the speedometer, and the bill was $609.89. I had to pay for it because I had not asked for an estimate, etc.. Hope you have better luck.
  • jnojno Posts: 1
    I have the same problem. Did you find a solution?
  • hey.. great to find this site.. question about the tansmission on a 96 ford windstar.. bought it used about 5 years ago.. nothing but headaches from the engine lite going on to the brake line rotting out to the airconditioner never working electrical screwed up.. anyways the transmission starting not kicking in when i started to go after a stop lite.. i would press on the gas the car would move reall slow.. the engine would rev hugely then it would catch and i would be a rocket.. had a transmission change of the fluid.. no good.. is it worth putting a new or used one in or is it good for planting flowers... have parked it for six monthis with new tired new brakes and rotors new everyting but the tranny... help...
  • no not yet.. been looking at the other threads about the transmission..looks like maybe not that but every other sensor or something... ive now been told that now that i have sat it since april when i drove it acrosse town the brakes were grinding... god what next.. looks great.. no rust but im thinking a for sale sign is going on but dont know how much to ask... thank god ive got off the ford train..gmc is for me....
  • I have the same problem here. Looking forward to some comments :)
  • How do I know if my 99 Windstar has a rack and pinion problem?
  • That's a wide open question. If your van is squealing when you turn if back and forth it is probably your tie rod ends. By their design they cannot be lubricated and so when the grease drys up from its initial application they must be replaced. If this is the case make sure they are replaced with tie rods ends that have the small valve on it that is used for lubrication.
  • I have the same problem. About 5% of the time, it blows warm/hot air. Else, it comes on cold and STAYS that way. Don't know what to do. It's really cold weather right now.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    Hi, pellis,

    You might also want to ask the folks about this in either of these two discussions:

    Climate Control Problems (Heat, Air Conditioning): All Cars

    Ford Windstar Problems


    Need help getting around? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • Every time I have a problem with my 98 windstar the dealer says they've never heard of it. My van has power surges and leaps forward like it is possessed. The RPMs rev up to 4000 yet the van feels like it shifted down to first gear. It is terrifying. I've already replaced the transmission and had stretched head bolts and had the head gasket replaced. Also had every sensor in the van replaced at one time or another. Biggest piece of metal scrap I've ever encountered !!!
  • Check the cruise control light when that happens. I used to have a grand prix that would turn on the cruise control and set it very high. Our only clue was the gas pedal left your foot when it happened. I noticed that it did that when the cruise kicked on. We brought it to the dealer and they fixed it....
  • bobowensbobowens Posts: 2
    My keyless entry remote only works intermittently to not at all. I'm thinking grounding problem. Where is the receiver box that I might check for proper grounding? Does anyone have some other solutions? The remote battery is good?
  • markie3markie3 Posts: 4
    I need HELP soon! I have a 2001 Windstar with 75k, spewing oil. The dealers says EGR ports are clogged & seals are bad; also DPFE sensor and needs major tuneup costing $1200-$1300. Has anyone had this problem? Is there a service bulletin on this problem? Is any of this covered under the environmental warranty? Would appreciate HELP! :(
  • mlpntrmlpntr Posts: 61
    No because Ford sucks. Run to a Chevy dealer.
  • olear47,
    Did you ever figure this problem out? I am having teh same problem with my wife's van. I found that the GEM sensor emits smoke when I replace fuse 19. When I called Ford to ask about the part and teh problem I was having, He said that it was most likely caused by a pinched wire. But I can't find it. I bet it is a common problem. I am hoping someone will be able to point me in the right direction

  • I have a 2001 Windstar. I don't know much about your oil problem. It does sound like seals need replacement.
    I had my DPFE replaced today. My check engine light came on and I ran the ODB-II scanner on it at work (Advance Auto Parts - we do it for free.) ANyway It called out the EGR flow. I replaced the EGR valve myself ($52.00) and erased the codes. The check engine light came back on and my milage went down. I was in over my head so I took it to my favorite auto shop. They replaced the DPFE. I was charged only $100.58 for the part and $247.50 for labor. If I had not replaced the EGR vavle myself, I would have paid about $1100 for both parts and labor. I did the easy part and saved more than $700. Go figure...
  • joannichjoannich Posts: 1
    I have a 96 WS. It started with no problems, this morning, but after driving it a few hundred feet out of the driveway, the engine revved (like it was shifted into neutral) and then quit. We tried to re start but no luck. When at home, we checked to see if valves were moving --OK. We checked compression in 2 places -- no compression at all. What could cause this severe lack of compression? We are totally puzzled.
  • bombardierbombardier Posts: 9
    Hello. I have a 2004 Freestar LTD. When driving for 10 minutes at 50 MPH a loud squeeling sound comes from the front end. When you slow down to 30 MPH it dissapears. It will then come back as you accelerate. If you stay under 50 MPH nothing is heard. What could this be?
  • My Wife and I just recently purchased a 2002 Ford Windstar limited with 50,000 miles on it, today while driving on the highway it would hesitate and sputter at around 55. So bought a bottle of fuel injection cleaner and topped off the tank thinking maybe the fuel lines might be a little dirty, but the more we drove today the more we noticed it at different speeds, when it "sputters" my rpms jump about 500 rpms depending where they are already at, but just as quickly as it hicups it corrects itself, I am not a car guy but i am not stupid to cars either, could this be a transmition problem if so will our 30 day powertrain warrenty cover that any help would be appriciated!
  • dmnifongdmnifong Posts: 2
    check the intake runner assembly this vehicle has the ford sho engine and your intake runner assembly may be switching from the small intake to the large intake thus giving you a huge power surge since the idea was to switch between power and economy.
  • od1od1 Posts: 2
    Is the DPFE sensor hard to change? any advise in parcticular.

    Would leaking of an air intake gasket cause the check engine light to come on?
  • My husband just changed DPFE Sensor and it didn't take too long. Parts America called it a EGR sensor cost $62 there. Napa called it something different * cost $104 there. It took about 15 minutes to change. on the Windstar it was easy to get to.
  • minvanmomminvanmom Posts: 1
    Help! I just brought a Ford Windstar from a friend and can not keep it from cutting off. I was told that I might need a new engine, but I was also told to try some lucas oil treatment to quiet down the rattle in my engine and give it a fighting chance. The lucas made it quieter but it seems to cut itself off. As if my van, Melba (my van's name)just keeps giving up on me. I want this van more than anything and am willing to do whatever needed to bring life back into her. Any suggestions would be much appreciated and since you seem to have owned so many I thought you would be perfect to contact. Help me please!! :cry: :confuse: :cry:
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Are you talking about the van stalling at stop signs or when making slow turns? If so, it may be your air bypass valve. See my post 2113. Good luck.
  • clathamclatham Posts: 1
    anybody need a 95 windstar whole or parts B.O. i am in sw Pa.
  • Hi, is anyone else having this problem? We insert the key and it wont turn unless we twist the steering back and forth. This is an intermittent problem as other times it works fine. I know this happens on other Ford makes such as Escort and Focus.Any help would be appreciated.
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